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Thursday, 22 January 2015

"One Flew Over The Pooka's Nest"


Issue#84: "One Flew Over The Pooka's Nest"

Feigenbaum attends therapy...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue, The Header image and the general plot is a reference to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", A 1962 novel written by Ken Kesey. The novel is set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital and details the lives of the patients in the hospital particularly Randle Patrick McMurphy, who has faked his insanity to avoid going to prison for battery and gambling. The novel deals with the power struggles within the hospital and speaks about the level of control that surrounds everyone on a daily basis.

A film adaptation of the novel was made in 1975 starring Jack Nicholson.

Feigenbaum mentions the usual main characters that can see him during his therapy session- Loaker, Barnaby, Emily Hair and Beauregarde.

The decision to attend therapy sessions is due to Marlo Feigenbaum's comments to his brother in issue#73: "The Family Feigenbaum".

Feigenbaum mentions that he has a bowling team and that the school teacher Mr. Alighieri who last appeared in Barnaby's zombie nightmare (issue#68- 72) can see him. He also mentions Bartleby, Barnaby's evil doppelganger, who could see him and briefly caused Feigenbaum to disappear in issue#46: "The Unimagining of Feigenbaum".

Feigenbaum's therapist is called Bromden, Although this is never mentioned in the strip. The character is named after the narrator of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". Bromden is the third Pooka to have facial hair. The other two pookas with facial hair are- Marlo Feigenbaum and Libchaber.

Bromden's appearance is slightly based on Sigmund Freud. He is also the first pooka to appear fully dressed in the comic.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

"Bath Time With Loaker"


Issue#83: "Bath Time With Loaker"

Loaker has a bath with his rubber ducky but only one of them survives...  

Notes and References:

This issue is one of the earliest Barnaby and Loaker scripts that I have written (2013). I wasn't entirely sure if a mostly silent issue would work until I ran the idea by Louise Mackean (My mother) who convinced me that it would work.

This is the second issue to use a different header font. The first issue to do this was issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

The issue continues Loaker's gremlin-like behaviour of devouring things. Other examples of this can be seen in issue#9 "Loaker, Interrupted" and issue#31 "The Further Desolation of Moloch by Loaker Banks".

The use of a rubber ducky is partly inspired by Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie sketch where Ernie has a bath with his duckie. The sketch included a song entitled "Rubber Duckie" which was written by Jeff Moss in 1970. The song was so popular that it was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Recording for Children". It ultimately lost to The Sesame Street Book & Record which ironically includes the Rubber Duckie song.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

"Sometimes I just don't understand this world...."

I made this image as a mark of respect for the lives lost yesterday at Charlie Hebdo in France. Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly newspaper, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes.

The publication is strongly anti-religious and left-wing. Eight Charlie Hebdo employees and two police officers were killed by three cowardly and vile masked gunmen.

It has left me with an overwhelming sense of sadness and despair at the world. So much like Barnaby here, I just don't understand this world we live in.

However the publication and the employees who lost their lives were never afraid to make things that others could interpret as offensive, I think this shows an incredible sense of courage and it's something we should all strive towards.

"I would rather die standing than live on my knees..."- St├ęphane Charbonnier.

"Year of the Gremlin"

Issue#82: "Year of the Gremlin" 

It may be a new year but nothing changes for Barnaby Banks...

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a play on The Chinese zodiac which follows a twelve year cycle. Each of the years are named after an animal. It is believed that people born in whatever year take on the characteristics of whichever animal is in the year.

The animals include the Rat, the Cow, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Chicken, the Dog and the Pig.

The zodiac animal this year is the Sheep/Ram. Chinese New Year takes place on February 19th.

Barnaby continues to have bad luck.

The scene where Barnaby is caught in the storm is similar to Issue#24: "Kathy Dudbert Loves Barnaby Banks pt.4" where Kathy gets soaked while stalking Barnaby outside of his house.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

"Beauregarde's Booze Blues"


Happy New Year Everybody!

Issue#81: "Beauregarde's Booze Blues" 

Beauregarde makes a New Year's Resolution: To stop drinking with Pookas.

Notes and References:

Issue#81 is the first issue of Barnaby and Loaker in 2015.

Beauregarde wakes up hungover after drinking with Feigenbaum on New Year's Eve.

Feigenbaum was last seen drinking in the comic in issue#29: "The Singing Pooka; Or: the Hogmanay that Feigenbaum cannot remember...."

Beauregarde acknowledges that Feigenbaum is at least partly imaginary which would mean that Beauregarde may have been drinking by himself during New Year's Eve.

A drunken mole-man can be seen in the final panel of this strip, The Mole-Men were last seen in issue#42: "Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men" which showed Beauregarde kicking them out of Barnaby and Loaker's back garden.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

"The Snow Pooka"

Issue#80: "The Snow Pooka" 


Feigenbaum takes Loaker to a Pooka Christmas party!

Notes and References: 

This is the final issue of the four Christmas/winter themed issues.

Feigenbaum last appeared in issue#77: "Moloch Fallings".

Loaker last appeared in issue#75: "I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore...".

Beauregarde appears in this issue and mentions his mother.

This issue is heavily influenced and inspired by the popular children's book "The Snowman" (1978) by Raymond Briggs and the 1982 animated film. In the story a boy builds a snowman that comes to life. After a few misadventures, The Snowman takes flight along with the boy and the pair then travel to the snowmen's party to meet Santa.

The flying scene in the animated film features the song "Walking in the Air" written by Howard Blake.

This issue features the most pookas ever. In the panel that shows the party, You'll be able to spot Nephew Zero, His father Marlo in the background and Pooka Claus.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

"Merry Monsters"

Issue#79: "Merry Monsters" 

Barnaby visits Molochstein while Bancroft is forgotten about again...

Notes and References:

This is the third of the four winter themed issues of Barnaby and Loaker this year.

Molochstein is a large vegetarian troll creature that lives in the mountains of Moloch Falls. The character last appeared in issue#59: "Where The Wild Things Go".

Molochstein originally appeared in issue#54: "No Gremlin Is An Island". The character was inadvertently responsible for helping Barnaby come back into civilisation during a brief period of self imposed exile.

Kathy Dudbert and Bancroft last appeared in issue#74: "Barnabazee, The Great and Powerful".

Bancroft continues to be stuck in his gremlin outfit that Kathy Dudbert made for him in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

Bancroft is constantly left out of things or forgotten about by his friends, Another example of this occurs in issue#75: "I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore" where he is left out of Barnaby's dream.

Barnaby wears the same jacket that he wore last issue "A Moloch of Snow and Ice"